I’ve recently realised that I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about myself, and I’d really like to share the love a little and talk about other people more! So, starting today, I’m going to do a series of blog posts featuring other bloggers and Etsy sellers who I love.
Kicking off the series is Rowena from RedRubyRose, who has also very kindly offered one of her clutch bags for me to giveaway! Keep reading for details of the giveaway :)
I love Rowena’s clutch bags, they are so beautifully made out of the most gorgeous fabrics. I mentioned this once to my husband and he bought me one as a surprise! It came beautifully gift wrapped and is now my favourite bag. My husband was touched that Rowena also kept him in touch with the progress of his order really well as well.
Anyway, here is Rowena to tell you a little about herself…
Describe your shop in one or two sentences.
Contemporary handmade clutch bags featuring a mix of original designs and eclectic fabrics.
This embroidered peacock clutch has always been very popular: http://www.etsy.com/listing/113475559/peacock-clutch-bag-wedding-purse
It’s great for weddings and is a beautiful fabric. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it… I started making it back in 2008 and there were no other peacock clutches like it on Etsy or on the internet, I loved it and it sold really well. Then I started seeing knock-offs springing up on Etsy and part of me wanted to pull it from my shop as it felt cheapened but I haven’t quite brought myself to remove it as I’m so fond of it.
Also, one of my current favourites is the yellow Fiat, it just makes me smile. http://www.etsy.com/listing/127685727/clutch-bag-yellow-car-silk-purse-yellow
For me it’s all about the fabrics. I don’t vary the bag shapes much as they are the canvas for the fabric. I hunt out unusual fabrics, ends of rolls, and discontinued lines. For my own fabric designs I look through my own photography and collage work for inspiration.
Red Ruby Rose came about in December 2007. At the time I was a freelance illustrator and was half way through a big book illustration commission, knowing full well I wouldn’t get paid until 2008. All my friends and family got handmade presents that year and the gifts that got the best response were my ‘experimental’ clutch bags.Around the same time I discovered Etsy and so I decided to open a shop for fun. I was also yearning for a more tactile process away from my increasingly digital illustration working methods.Now here I am in 2013, having made and sent thousands of bags all over the world, and I still love it!
What is your favourite part of the creative process?
There’s a point in the making process where the bag gets stuffed in on itself and turned the right way round through the lining. I still love that moment, when the bag reveals itself. especially if I have a new fabric and I want to see how it looks.
I want to make more leather bags. It’s just a case of getting to my favourite leather stockist in London and having a wonderful rummage… I’ve been meaning to do it for months. That’s top of the ‘to do’ list.
Golly Bard: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GollyBard (I use her dragonflies fabric and own one of her beautiful moth paintings, her style is so unique) http://www.etsy.com/listing/119587983/dragonflies-clutch-bag-silk-lined-purse
Irene Suchocki: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EyePoetryPhotography. This print is in my Etsy favourites as next purchase: http://www.etsy.com/listing/154541006/path-to-little-black-church-iceland
Luxe Deluxe: http://www.etsy.com/shop/luxedeluxe. I just totally admire Adrienne’s tenacity and work ethic. She was one of the first shops I found and favourited on Etsy back in 2008 and she has remained on the top of her game… changing her style and emphasis when the competition got a little hot and presenting beautifully photographed and stylish items.
Oh, and just one more… Oktak: http://www.etsy.com/shop/oktak. Aki makes absolutely beautiful purses and I love her fabric choices and embellishments. I use one of her coin purses every day… I know that sounds a little crazy as I could have made my own but I just love her work.
As I mentioned, Rowena has offered to give away one of her bags to one of my blog readers (you lucky things!). And this is the one, the bestselling Peacock clutch (also one of my favourites!):
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this beautiful clutch bag is leave a comment below! This giveaway closes at midnight PST (GMT -7) on Monday 26th August so you have 2 whole weeks to enter! One comment will be selected at random and notified by email within 24 hours. Please leave an email address if your profile does not already have this information. This giveaway is international.
Thanks for reading!